Spelling Power 5th Edition (Adams-Gordon's)

Spelling Power 5th Edition (Adams-Gordon's)

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Item #: 002784
ISBN: 9781888827583
Grades: 3-12

Product Description:

Homeschool teachers will go to great lengths to help their students overcome difficulties. Take Beverly Adams-Gordon, for example. An engineer and Montessori teacher, she left her teaching job to homeschool in an effort to solve her youngest daughter's severe spelling problems. Finding no suitable material, she thoroughly researched the subject and developed her own spelling curriculum.

So what is different?

  • It's all in one book. One purchase for all years for all kids.
  • A chapter on research details the most effective methods of spelling instruction.
  • Complete instructions for introducing, implementing and evaluating the program. Directions are given for adapting to different learning styles and ages.
  • The program takes only 15 minutes/day.
  • Extensive Word Lists are based on research done after 1979 of most frequently used and misspelled words. Word lists used in most other programs are based on lists created in 1915 or 1947. Two lists are provided, with 5,000 and 12,000 words, respectively.
  • General and specific placement tests start each student right where he needs to be.
  • Program is based on phonics and spelling rules, not phonics alone.
  • Review is built into the program which uses a "spiral" approach (repeated and spaced review) similar to the approach Saxon takes in its problem sets.
  • Directions for over 100 games and activities are included which concentrate on specific skills and make spelling more interesting. Most are individual or partner games, but some can be played by up to 6 players.

Now available in the 5th edition, Spelling Power retains all of its award-winning effective procedures, but it is more user-friendly with larger type and more graphics. Easier to read and less intimidating, there is also improved organization of resources. The 5th edition Spelling Power package includes access to the Teacher's Online Resources on the publisher's website and an updated Quick Start video seminar. The online video provides a personal step-by-step introduction to using the Spelling Power program featuring author Beverly Adams-Gordon who explains each step as "real" homeschool moms and students demonstrate. The Teacher's Online Resources includes printable forms, searchable word lists, charts, printable Activity Task Cards, bonus activities, and the Digital Spelling Tutor which allows you to create spelling lists for multiple children, offers learning, drill and testing activities, tracks several children's progress, allows you to create and print progress reports, and can be used with any spelling word list.

Spelling Power provides the most thorough coverage of spelling that we have seen. This one is a "classic."

Category Description for Spelling Power:

Finding a homeschool spelling curriculum that works for your family can be a gargantuan task. Many of the spelling programs available are time-consuming, ineffective, expensive, or all three. These are the problems Beverly Adams-Gordon faced when she was searching for a spelling program for her daughter, who was having great difficulty in the subject. Finding nothing appropriate, she set out to create the best spelling program for struggling spellers that she possibly could.

For Spelling Teachers

Unlike many other homeschool spelling programs, Adams-Gordon provides all of the material that parents or teachers need to fully understand how the program works, all in one book. Teachers do not need to purchase a new book every year; the program can be used for children from age 8 until high school. The program includes several additional resources for teachers. The book itself has information on the most effective ways to teach spelling and extensive instructions for how to begin the program, as well as modifying it to support each student's learning style and abilities. Access to an online "Quick Start" video is also included for teachers who want to plunge right into the lessons. In addition, purchasing the program provides you with additional online resources, access to the Spelling Power website for extra support, and a subscription to the Spelling Power newsletter.

For Students Learning to Spell

One of the most attractive components of this program is its implementation in short daily increments. Adams-Gordon designed the lessons to last just 15 minutes per day. Each lesson begins with a quick five-minute test to check retention of previous lessons and introduce new words. The next five minutes are spent going over words the student misspelled, and the final five minutes focus on learning the new words. The lessons are rooted in phonics but also rely on spelling rules, making the program extremely effective.

Features of Spelling Power

  • Lessons are only 15 minutes a day
  • All-inclusive program covers age 8 through high school
  • Includes online access to Quick Start video and additional online resources
  • 330 pages
  • 5th edition

Spelling Power seeks to teach students of any learning style and ability how to spell the 5,000 most frequently used words. This comprehensive book contains everything you need to implement this spelling program, from teacher instruction to fun activities to boost mastery.

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I chose this product based on the recommendation made in Andrew Pudewa's lecture on spelling and the brain and after reading several online reviews. Since it is designed to span multiple ages and grade levels I thought it would be a good investment to make for now and in the future.
Michelle P on Aug 25, 2021
I used this program before with my other child and it worked. However, we moved and the original program was misplaced. So, I am buying it again.
Heydy T on Aug 12, 2021
I chose this product based on the recommendation made in Andrew Pudewa's lecture on spelling and the brain and after reading several online reviews. Since it is designed to span multiple ages and grade levels I thought it would be a good investment to make for now and in the future.
Michelle P on Aug 25, 2021
I really like that I can use it for both of my kids and it can be used from grade 3 to 12! I also know grown homeschoolers that used this spelling curriculum and it served them well.
Alicia L on Aug 25, 2021
I used this program before with my other child and it worked. However, we moved and the original program was misplaced. So, I am buying it again.
Heydy T on Aug 12, 2021
I appreciate that this text can be tailored to the different kids in my family, and used year after year.
Elizabeth W on Aug 10, 2021
A homeschooling friend told me this was a good spelling program.
Caroline F on Aug 6, 2021
Great reputation.
Marcia R on Jul 21, 2021
Recommendation from a friend who used it for her kids
Rachelle W on Jul 21, 2021
I've seen it recommended by another homeschooler
hannah t on Jun 6, 2021
Recommended by My Father's World
Holly on Jan 6, 2021
recommended by a friend
Holly S on Dec 30, 2020
Recommended by several people
Catherine C on Nov 10, 2020
Needing spelling for all ages
Laura C on Oct 25, 2020
All in one spelling for my 3 children - grades 4, 6, and 7.
Ryan R on Oct 23, 2020
I looked this over with a veteran homeschooler. It seems to fit what I need, as I have three kids in three different grades. All the spelling words are in one place and I can do the lessons together.
Heather M on Jul 27, 2020
Simple to use, efficient, and effective!
Tracy R on Jun 3, 2020
best price
Tierra F on Sep 2, 2019
I tried this program once before (borrowed from a friend) and it didn't fit my personal style. I have a child this year that I think may benefit from this program! Looking forward to starting it again.
Rachael D on Jul 31, 2019
I'm really excited to see how this program works with my kids. I like the idea of being able to use it each year.
Samantha S on Jun 30, 2019
We have worn out our first copy and are ready for a new one.
Beth W on May 28, 2019
I use it the 3rd edition for my homeschool children. I am also a teacher at a middle school and have been using it for my students at the school I teach. I have about 24 students in each of my classroom. The digital format will allow me more flexibility to differentiate using technology for my students as I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade English language learners.
Roberta G on Mar 10, 2019
I wanted this to help my child with their spelling as they are not being challenged enough at school.
Jenna S on Feb 7, 2019
Guidance from Rainbow Resources for use with our 4 children
Kelly M on Feb 4, 2019
Recommended by our cover school
Christopher P on Jan 8, 2019
Sarah C on Sep 6, 2018
Suggested from the curriculum I purchased.
Robin S on Aug 13, 2018
It was recommended by a friend.
Deborah G on Aug 6, 2018
I'm dyslexic have been all my life, I'm 77 years old, yet was able to earn a college degree in metrology & MA degree in Whole System Design as a poor speller.
Edward H on Aug 5, 2018
heard it was very good
Caroline W on Sep 13, 2017
your price is lower than MFW
Christy S on Sep 1, 2017
"I wanted a long lasting curriculum as I have an advanced speller and want the capacity to let her advance as far as she wants to go"
Heather M on Aug 29, 2017
I needed a spelling program that will fit in with other subjects and not take too much time as a separate subject.
April H on Aug 28, 2017
My poor speller is not getting any better with the curriculum we have tried so far. I have read good things about this one so we are going to try it.
Jenna S on Jun 13, 2017
Looks effective.
janet y on Jun 13, 2017
To help us learn to spell.
Tracy M on May 31, 2017
This cover multiple years so I can use it for all my kids, but at their level.
Lynde B on Apr 29, 2017
Cheaper than Amazon. Wife said she heard it was good :)
Brent B on Apr 2, 2017
This program was recommended by my sister who homeschools her four children who are older than my children. It came highly recommended by her.
Amanda K on Mar 2, 2017
i need help
robert j on Jan 21, 2017
needed for homeschooling
Ruth S on Jan 6, 2017
A curriculum recommended to me for home schooling
Jamie on Dec 6, 2016
I hope this will be a good supplement to Language Arts learning I already do with my 1st and 3rd graders.
Sarah Y on Sep 17, 2016
Friend Recommended
laura c on Apr 4, 2016
A friend recommended this Spelling Book, my daughter is an advanced speller so I am looking forward to see how she likes it.
Rose R on Feb 28, 2016
Recommended to me by an evaluator.
Weberly H on Jan 26, 2016
Highly recommended by a friend.
Kristi M on Dec 29, 2015
I really like that I can use it for both of my kids and it can be used from grade 3 to 12! I also know grown homeschoolers that used this spelling curriculum and it served them well.
Alicia L on Aug 25, 2021
I appreciate that this text can be tailored to the different kids in my family, and used year after year.
Elizabeth W on Aug 10, 2021
Does this course require a dvd player?...asking because we don't have one. We stream everything now.
A shopper on Jun 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used the DVD to get the forms needed for daily work. I found them helpful. Once I downloaded the form from the dvd, I kept it on my computer and never used the dvd again. I hope this helps.
How do the 3rd and 4th editions compare?
Sonia on Jul 31, 2016
Spelling Power 5th Edition (Adams-Gordon's)
Spelling Power 5th Edition (Adams-Gordon's)
Spelling Power Quick Start DVD Seminar (3rd Edition)
Spelling Power Quick Start DVD Seminar (3rd Edition)
BEST ANSWER: We can't compare because we never used 3rd edition. However, we ordered 4th edition to replace the current spelling workout books we were using. We love spelling power! It is user friendly and all my 3 children can use it. Their end of year evaluation was 2 grades higher in spelling compared to last year. We highly recommend and if used properly, you will see the results!
Does Spelling Power explain the rules of spelling?
Michelle on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The words are divided by spelling level and then by group, each group has the spelling rule that matches that set of words. I am using this for a second grader and a sixth grader and it is GREAT!!
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Rated 4 out of 5
Love the spelling book!
I do wish there were more activity sheets INSIDE the book. I opted out of the disc so it's mostly Spelling, sentence structure and word comprehension that I work on with my children with this book. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a deep-level Spelling book from Kindergarten up! My 3 boys are all in different grades and we work on this at home. They love it and are spelling more complex words than their peers now! :)
March 9, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
LOVE this Spelling Program
This is my 14th year homeschooling and my 1st year using Spelling Power and I am BEYOND excited about Spelling this year. This book is working out great for us. Granted - I have NOT read the lengthy introduction and I am NOT following it the way the author has it laid out. Each of my children has their own personal spelling list each week of 8 words. Day 1 - Write Words 5x; Day 2- Stamp Words (tactile); Day 3 - Use Words in a Sentence; Day 4 - Write Words 5x; Day 5 - Test. Any missed words from the test go on next week's list. Then we use the spelling lists in the book to find the rest of the next week's 8 words. Easy peezy, simple, quick and effective. I love it!
November 14, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Spelling power has been a tremendous help with my daughter. She struggles with spelling, but spelling power provides a method of practicing only the words you need to practice-- and you keep practicing them each day until yiu learn them! My daughter and I both enjoy our spelling power time!
August 30, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Sad to report...not meeting my expecations
Purchased this due to rave reviews of increases seen in spelling for many but I have to say that it does not seem to be working all that well for us. I have not seen great advances in my child's spelling since starting. While it is not time consuming for each lesson, be honest with yourself as to the commitment of completing it each day. It will require you to carve out that time to complete it each day and I am not sure how people are saying that their child works independently with it when it requires an adult to check every few minutes when the child completes the 10 steps. I find that if we miss one day (perhaps due to field trip, etc), it seems difficult to jump back in and pick up especially if in the middle of a rule/ work list. Perhaps my child may benefit from a different program. I will keep at it for now, but am not sure it is really meeting our needs and I may have to count it as a loss. Not nearly as happy as others have been. Thinking of trying Word Their Way which may assist with some areas of weakness I am seeing such as affixes and spelling of multi syllabic words.....
January 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I would highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with spelling. My son has had a horrible time spelling, but within 4 weeks using Spelling Power, he has caught up with his sister who is a grade above him.
October 23, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This program is spectacular! Its focus is on the words your child does not know how to spell so you don't waste time teaching the ones they already spell correctly It is wonderful to have one book that you can use through all grades and the format makes it easy to teach multiple levels The best part is that my children like spelling now-- that speaks volumes about a program! I highly recommend considering this program
December 26, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
There are a lot of steps in this program I don't think I have mastered them yet But we have been doing this program for about one month now and it seems to be going well I have twins that are at different levels so it is nice to have a spelling program that can help both of them I also like the fact that they can do some of the work on their own I don't have to hover I know if they know it when I re-test them the next day I would recommend this product
September 10, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
I turned to Spelling Power after years of frustration in teaching my daughter to spell using another curriculum It took some time to read through the teacher's portion of the book but it is essential for understanding the program I liked the fact that my daughter started at just the right level for her We both loved that it took only 15 minutes a day and that she was only tested on what she didn't know By the end of the first year her spelling scores went up three grade levels on her standardized testingI will be using the program with both my daughter and son this year The book was worth the investment!
July 7, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
I am very pleased with the Spelling Power program I am impressed with the amount of research that went into it and how simple it is to use each day I am using an older edition without the benefit of the DVD but with the Quick Start section was able to begin with only a little preparation My second and fourth grade boys like that spelling is predictably short and sweet without tedious worksheets to complete They enjoy the success each day when they spell so many words correctly knowing they won't have to study them again I love that we are studying words based on their frequency of usage/spelling rules It really makes me feel we're being efficient and effective in our use of school time
December 13, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5
We bought the Spelling Power program since it came highly recommended by the book "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum" We thought this would make a nice addition to our curriculum as we had recently made major changes Our daughter (10 years old) really likes the program It is very easy to do the three five-minute steps and she doesn't feel overwhelmed The program even includes a DVD to explain everything without having to read the whole manual After the initial viewing of the DVD it makes it very easy to jump into the lessons each day without a lot of preparation The program is designed to be used from first grade through adulthood So in view of that I thought the price was well worth it and I wish that I had purchased it back in first grade!
July 12, 2007

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